I love to use the wide lens — typically wider than 35mm — more than any other on vacation. My go-to is a Canon 17-40mm F/4 ultra wide angle.
The reason I like shooting with this lens while on vacation is that I can easily capture a sense of place.
Moreover, I can create really interesting compositions with a wide lens — placing people and objects somewhere within the frame that draws your attention and leads you through the picture.
Last weekend, we went camping on Colorado’s Western Slope and took a drive from Ouray to Silverton. We stopped and visited the Box Canyon Waterfall
in Ouray and saw the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
depart from Silverton.
I’ve selected photographs from our trip to illustrate how shooting with a wide lens works. Do you notice the objects in each image that attract your attention?
You can also use the "Rule of Thirds" to great effect with a wide angle lens. See my earlier column on this compositional rule of thumb
By shooting your vacation pictures with a wide lens and using careful composition, you can really show off the locations that you visited, and print and display your images much larger. They become works of art, rising above the typical vacation photo.
Hope this tip helps you photograph your next vacation!
Colorado Springs-based wedding photographer Sean Cayton loves remarkable photographs and the stories behind them. See his wedding work at caytonphotography.com, his personal work at seancayton.com and his editorial work in the pages of the Independent. Submit your photo and the story behind the image — no more than two a week, please — to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration in upcoming blogs.
Vacations are a great excuse for practicing your photography. I love to travel with my family, but it can be hard bringing all of my camera equipment along. If we’re pressed for luggage space — like we were on our recent camping trip — I will bring just one lens, my wide lens.